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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Bermy. Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    On a more positive note, in case this was missed by other forum members here, kudos to Nick for taking this step to try to get a better handle on the situation. http://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?item=17280 The store will be closed for business on Friday December 15th, 2017, to allow for inventory count, and to help get a handle on the "out of stock" situation. Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Just for the record, I could not disagree with the 2nd sentence more. Although I do agree with your assessment of what is happening to the place, as expressed in your first sentence. To me, it would have made absolutely perfect sense to just buy out treestuff, and then essentially leave them alone to run the business as they always had done in the past. Nick could consult with Luke as need be when he felt stumped on how to handle particular situations. If the business was growing like crazy, and making a profit, why mess with it? Leave it alone and let it keep growing. Only if the numbers guys start detecting big losses should Sherrill start to intercede, mostly by asking Nick what he needs to help improve things. All of that is not what appears to be happening. The reason to mess with something that is not broken, in my mind, is just because of ego, and not good business. It may have been something of an embarrassment that Sherrill was possibly getting its butt kicked in terms of sales volume by TreeStuff. Instead of asking the questions "Why is TreeStuff kicking our butts, and what can we do to better compete with them?", they thought they could buy them up, and eliminate them as a competitor. The problem with that idea is that people took their business to TreeStuff for a reason, and avoided doing business with SherrillTree for a reason. Maybe Sherrill thought that if they eliminated TreeStuff as a competitor, all of those buyers would then flow over to Sherrill. Problem is, Sherrill is not the only other game in town, and people have other choices. So instead of taking over a booming business and allowing it to continue to grow, they throw a wrench in the works, and all but kill a very profitable venture. All because of embarrassment at being bested in the marketplace. On a personal note, I absolutely find it objectionable when something that I think I'm ordering from TreeStuff gets fulfilled by SherrillTree. Nowhere on TreeStuff's website does the name of SherrillTree appear, at least to the best of my knowledge. If I wanted to buy something from SherrillTree, I would go to SherrillTree's website and order it. The two businesses should not have their operations intermingling with regard to placement and fulfillment of orders. The reason is that the two businesses handle the processing and shipping of orders differently, and those differences might be a large part of why customers choose to shop at one online store and not the other. So by intermingling these operations, you've just made it impossible for a customer to know how his transaction will be handled, or by whom. If this uncertainty bothers a customer enough, they will end up voting with their feet, and going to a third party to do their shopping, a place where they know how their order will be handled. I know I've rambled on too long about this. All I'm trying to say is that it is a huge mistake, in my humble opinion, for Sherrill to mess with the operations of TreeStuff. It will not win Sherrill any new customers, long term. Only in the short term, those folks that think they are ordering from TreeStuff, whose orders then get swiped out from under TreeStuff by SherrillTree. That won't last for long, however, in my opinion. I think ShelterTree is the new TreeStuff, quite possibly. Butch should talk to those folks about sponsorship of this forum, in my opinion. Thanks for putting up with me, Butch. Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    The above post from Kevin happened three weeks ago. All three items that he mentioned are still on back order. I say three because there are actually two different quickies for sale, both of which are out of stock. Tim
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    Thanks Jim, thanks sawman, thanks Marc-Antoine. I appreciate all of your efforts to remember this, and to post what you figured out. Tim
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    "Hey, Jim! Would you happen to remember the username he posted under?" Thanks for that, sawman. Tim
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    Hey, Jim! Would you happen to remember the username he posted under? I've been watching a bunch of his YouTube videos of late, and I am in agreement that he seems like a really nice guy, and knowledeable, also. He's a really big, strong looking guy, who is not afraid to try to tackle some fairly complex looking rigging scenarios. One of the big things that make his videos so compelling to me is his openness and honesty in relating all that he does. Also, I can tell that he puts a good amount of thought into his placement of cameras. He's a good cinematographer. I'd love to be able to read what he has written on this forum. Tim
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    Hey, folks! TreeStuff has done the amazing thing of choosing to put every "flash sale" item from this entire Thanksgiving weekend of flash sales back up for grabs, today only! So if there was something you missed earlier, you still have time to get it. Plus take another 17% off with the "HEARTTREE" coupon code! Thanks for listening. I don't work for TreeStuff, just trying to help some folks here get in on a good deal. Here's the link, again. http://www.treestuff.com/store/products.asp?category_id=2156 Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Ha!
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Except when you're praying to the throwline gods, of course.
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Thanks for this very honest answer, Kevin. It implies that you do indeed retain control over the rights to the production and distribution of the Rope Runner. Which would be great news for all of the climbers in the world that hope for continued access to the Rope Runner. None of my business, but I'm wondering if the folks at ISC, who I believe manufacture the Rope Wrench ZK-2, might be a good fit for the production of the Rope Runner. They would get to focus on what they're good at, which is the production and distribution of well-crafted climbing gear. Sherrill and every other climbing gear retailer could focus on that side of the business. Thanks again for your response, and for all of your great inventions. Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Who is it that is now responsible for the manufacture and distribution of the Rope Runner and the Quickie? If you sold all rights to both of those items to Sherrill, in exchange for future royalties on said items, and then Sherrill decides not to sell them at all anymore, what recourse do you have? I'm liking surveyor's and Paul Cox's way of doing business better all the time. Inventors keep all rights to their inventions, retailers can buy them or not and re-sell them. Non- exclusive. Inventor maintains his own simple website to take orders. Surveyor does it even more simply, I think. Orders are through private message only, not even a simple website. If Sherrill has the manufacturing rights to the Rope Runner exclusively, and just out of spite because they hate paying royalties to inventors, they stop making any, is the Rope Runner just done? Just curious. Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Hey, Bodean! Is this your way of saying that you are avoiding the use of TreeStuff even if they have steep discounts? Is your dislike of the organization as it now exists so great that there is almost nothing they can do to win you back as a customer? Just wondering. I guess I find it funny in a sad and cynical way that one of the reasons given for the sale of the business was the advantages to the employees of acquiring medical benefits possibly and maybe some kind of retirement fund, if I'm recalling correctly. Then they eliminate the splicing crew. Now this guy on the forum here who is local to TreeStuff says his best buddy the counter guy is getting a layoff. So much for medical and pension benefits, dooh! All this has me wondering how Luke is feeling about all of this, in hindsight. Whether or not he feels he was misled about their intentions, and whether or not he regrets having sold the business. Sorry Butch. I know it has to hurt a bit to have people talking like this about your only advertiser. Relationships change, over time, especially in a circumstance like this. I for one would not object to seeing ads for Wesspur on this forum. Or ShelterTree, however it is spelled. I've never purchased from ShelterTree, but I've also never seen anyone say a single bad thing about them. Thanks for putting up with me, Butch. Tim
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    You are all welcome. Sorry for the delayed response, I checked out of the forum right after posting this. I'm really just posting now to bump the thread to the top so that more people can benefit. I missed out on what I thought was a $60.00 "Bag-o-Rope", just because I did not jump on it as soon as I saw it. So if you see something in the flash sales that interests you, don't wait. It might not be there for very long. Tim
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    Hey guys and gals! Use the coupon code HEARTTREE to get 17% off everything on the site until 11:59pm on Monday 11/27/2017. Plus steep discounts on flash sale items in addition to the 17% off. Here's the link to the web page. http://www.treestuff.com/store/products.asp?category_id=2151 Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Jaime, may I humbly ask what the appeal is of using rivets? Is it to lower the cost of assembly? Or for speed of assembly? It's not for safety reasons, is it? I'm nobody but one possible end user of your upcoming product, but if I had a vote, I would want to see strong bolts with locking nuts get used. I think it ought to be possible for an end user to be able to disassemble and reassemble his or her unit, for the purposes of cleaning or replacement of individual components. Kind of like people who own firearms are able to completely disassemble their weapons for maintenance. I'm not a fabricator like you are, so I have no actual knowledge of the relative strength of a rivet compared to a bolt, but my gut instinct is that a bolt would be superior. I would rather pay a higher price for a better quality product, than to see a corner get cut in an attempt to bring the product to market in a slightly more affordable configuration. I'm a huge fan of yours, Jaime, and will be happy with whatever you decide is the right course of action for the production of your product. Thanks again for all of your hard work. Tim
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    Tim_B. replied to a thread want to buy spikes in The Trading Post
    Here's a link to the webpage those pads are on. Sixth set of items down from the top, I think. No individual link for the particular item, other than the photo, possibly. When I tried to view the photo it was taking forever, like it might be a bad link. Here's the link to the entire page: http://www.wesspur.com/Spurs/spur-pads.html Tim Item SPU729-B, (the first item in the sixth group, I think.)
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    Are you still able to retrofit those helmets with a Sena system, or is that forbidden to you now? Thanks for your time. Tim
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    10-31-2017
    Congratulations, Brian! Nice get! Tim
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    10-31-2017
    Gerry, could you remind us of what the hard deadline is for this auction? Is it 9:00 pm today? And is that Pacific time or eastern time or what? I'll raise the bid to $425.00. Tim
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    10-28-2017
    Any idea what happened with what I assume was a team of rope splicers in Indianapolis? I forget how I found this out, and I don't remember the forum member who revealed it ever saying how it was that he found out about it. Perhaps it was you? At any rate, I find it a bit misleading to the customer to allow the customer to believe that your company is doing a certain piece of work, and to then ship it off to another company for completion, possibly without ever letting the customer know that this is going on. Taken to its logical extreme, they could shut the Indianapolis location down entirely, lay off all of the staff, fulfill all of the orders through SherrillTree, and just keep the TreeStuff internet website up and running to take orders. Sherrill should leave TreeStuff completely alone, with the exception of the necessary book keeping. IMHO Tim
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